Just wanted to post a quick update: I leave in the morning for my next big adventure - a month on a boat in the Bering Sea (see the more detailed post below). You can follow my adventures at Nature's Great Beyond blog - http://blogs.nature.com/news/thegreatbeyond, where I will be posting dispatches once or twice a week. Post comments or questions - I love to get feedback and comments on my blogs while traveling!
I'm excited that tomorrow, I'm going to spend 6 hours on my layover in San Francisco hanging out with my friend Zofia (mom to my beautiful niece Kira), and then around 347pm, I fly to Anchorage and will stay overnight with a journalist friend there. I leave on Tuesday morning for Dutch Harbor on Unalaska Island. Then the ship itself leaves Wednesday sometime in the afternoon, depending on weather.
I don't know how internet will be on board so my first priority will be getting those Nature blog posts in, so check there first! After that I'll try to tweet a bit here and there. I brought with me: rubber boots, rain jacket (it's supposed to mostly rain...), Barry Lopez' Arctic Dreams, lots of music on my MP3, binoculars, and a Bird Guide to Alaska! Among other things.
Also during July keep an eye out for the next annual Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine Water issue. I have a feature called "Saving Land, Saving Water" (based on our recent trip to San Antonio and the Hill Country) and my daughter has two photos published in it! You can usually get it on the newstands, in Texas at least, in mid- to late June.
Not long after I return, a colleague and I are taking the Great Gulf Coast Road Trip to check out the effects of the oil geyser on land and sea, from Texas to Florida to report another couple of stories. It will be a busy and fun summer!